• Avalanche’s new head coach Bednar is at least saying the right things

    Avalanche’s new head coach Bednar is at least saying the right things

    Look, there are exceptions, but new head coach press conferences feature the same basic terms and buzzwords. After witnessing the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins skate opponents ragged on their way to the 2016 Stanley Cup, any reasonable coach would throw “speed” into their phrasing. Still, the Colorado Avalanche have been so deeply buried by even the most basic of modern measurements that you had to wonder: would they learn from Patrick Roy’s struggles? Can someone come in and at least attempt to keep up with the pack? We won’t know for sure anytime soon, but hey, at least Jared Bednar seems to be saying the right things as he transitions from the AHL to the Avalanche’s head coaching gig. When

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    Brandon Pirri's focus is on getting pucks to the net

    When he arrived in Anaheim last season, Brandon Pirri said that he is focus was just to get open and "always be ready to shoot." (LA Daily News) He said that his mentality on the ice is to put pucks on net. (LA Daily News) Former teammate with Florida Willie Mitchell said that Pirri has a "knack" for putting the puck in the net and that when he gets some open ice "he's got one thing on his mind and that's shooting the puck. And that's how you score goals." (Sun Sentinel) Pirri has a career 13.6% shooting percentage and has scored 13 of his 49 career goals on the PP. The Rangers were near the bottom of the league last season averaging just over 28 shots per game. Adam Rotter: Some say that Pirri

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    How Jimmy Vesey describes the type of game he plays

    Jimmy Vesey says that he is a "hybrid" type of player who can play a "skilled game" or a "gtritty, power-forward game." (Sportsnet) He said that a lot of players say he plays a game similar to Jakub Voracek of the Flyers. (Sportsnet) On his conference call Vesey said that he is a "big body" at 6-2 and 205 and a mix between a power forward and skill forward. He said that his offensive instincts are "definitely the strong suit of my game." When Vesey signed with the Rangers, Joe McDonald of ESPN spoke on the NHL Network and described him as a smart, two-way player who will put up points. He noted that Vesey's work ethic is "off the charts" and has been working out "nonstop" this summer knowing

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